Needle in a haystack or a non existant?
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    Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    Newb question here, I am slowly moving up the chain into a nicer watch. I really love the look of a Navitimer, Omega Speedmaster or other "pilot" type watches. I would love to have a Breitling or Omega branded watch but am curious as to if there are any vintage, older or quartz movement pieces out there that are 42mm (excluding crown) or above that can be had for $1200 and under. I find tons of older quartz omegas and such on here but they are all super small and my hand makes them look like the size of a quarter on my wrist. Any insight here? Thanks and apologies for the newb-ness.
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    If the Pilot style watches of IWC have any appeal to you, but you aren't ready to take the price plunge at the level of IWC, Breitling or Omega, then you should check out the Pilot watches from Alpina (their Startimer line). They're excellent watches, from a company with a long history (was contracted to make watches for the Luftwaffe in WWII) and their manufacture movements are a steal for the price. They also have nicely priced, non-manufacture Pilots as well.
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    sweet I will have to check them out!
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    Hamilton Khaki Pilot, swiss eta movement and only $600 or so. More of an IWC style pilot than a navitimer, the navitimer style is more one of a kind.



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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    and aviation pilot $1200


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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    within that price bracket, I would seriously consider stowa.
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    A used Speedmaster auto would be spomewhere around $1100-$1250 from a reputable ebay reseller (kaberui, sabashioyakiz1). It's not as big as the Speedy Pro, but not really small.

    Alternatively, Archimede.

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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    The Speedy Reduced is 38-39mm and certainly wears smaller than the 42mm range he's looking for.
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    dang I wish those speedmaster autos were bigger that would exactly what im trying to do! The reason I haven't been going with a new watch is that if I buy a Hamilton for 600, as soon as I wear it its worth 400. I want to purchase a 800-1200$ watch that I can sell for almost exactly what I paid for it. Realistically If I bought that speedy auto for 950 I could most likely sell it for 950 years later because of the name and its already taken its depreciation. Just sucks im working with a small budget.
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    Re: Needle in a haystack or a non existant?

    +1 on Stowa (altough they are 40mm)
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